Dave-O’s latest entry on the Hyles cult quotes liberally from, he says, “Linda Murphrey’s testimony at the TEDxOjaiChange event in Ojai, California, April 5, 2012.” Linda Murphrey, he says, is “the daughter of the late Jack Hyles” (obviously not the daughter dumb enough to save her first kiss for that scoundrel Jack Schaap), and who, Dave opines, “appears from this testimony [to have] rejected biblical Christianity because of the hypocrisy she witnessed growing up in the home of the man who said God had given him ‘the steering wheel of fundamentalism’ and who boasted that his church ‘was the greatest church in the history of Christianity.’”
Dave is obviously unhappy that “Linda mentions God only once and entirely leaves out Jesus Christ, the Bible, the new birth, and salvation through the cross,” and spends a good number of pixels defending Christianity, as opposed to Hyles’s version of Christianity — ’cause, like, you know, those Christians aren’t like Dave’s Christians.
But performing a successful rendition of the No True Scotsman tune is his problem, not ours. We’re more interested in what Linda has to say; e.g.:
My dad pastored a church that evolved into a 50,000-member cult. It operated and still operates under the guise of an independent fundamental Baptist church. But those who have left, the followers who have tried to leave, the outsiders, even the media (it was on 20/20 last year) recognize that it is clearly a cult.
Every member was in complete obedience to my father. They didn’t dare disagree or be disloyal, for fear of being publicly ridiculed or punished or banished for doing so. They didn’t go on a vacation without asking my dad’s permission, and if he had said to drink the Kool-aid, I’m not kidding, they would have.
My dad lived a double life, one of a righteous family man and of a dynamic speaker in the public eye, but [another] one of sordid sexual secrets privately, secrets that only my siblings and me and my mom knew. He hated my mom. Hated her. Treated her terribly. Abused her. And even turned his own children against his mother. We hated her. He told us she was crazy. We thought to make him happy, we would hate her too. Our home was so full of turmoil, hatred, stress, strife, and as a little girl, it was isolating, it was intense, and it was frightening. He had affairs. He had a mistress for many years, the wife of a Sunday School teacher. He built her family a beautiful home right around the corner from our house. You could see their family from our back door. It was craziness, living one way, preaching another.
And here, we’re certain, she’s referring to Dave Hyles:
My older brother became another version of my father. He pastored a church in Texas and was found to be having affairs with 14 different women. He divorced his wife and married one of the 14. My father tried desperately to cover it up. He moved him to another church where he was found to have had 17 affairs with different women, and he just recreated what he had seen my dad live. And my dad did nothing but cover it up. I felt like I had one main responsibility as a child. It was simple, but daunting, and that was to keep all the secrets, and there were so many. …
Much more: “Hyles’ Daughter Exposes the Cult,” Way of Life Literature, Inc., August 8, 2012
Can we vouch for this “testimony”? Goodness gracious, no. We don’t even know that this is really one of Hyles’s daughters speaking.
Do we believe it? You betcha, we believe it. We just can’t vouch for it.
H/T Apostasy Watch
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